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  • Younger S. Koreans say they contemplated emigration upon N. Korea threat...

    08/15/2018 9:33:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | August 15, 2018 | The Korea Herald and Asia News Network
    Ms Jang Ka-yoon, a 27-year-old office worker in Seoul, had thought about leaving her home country after watching TV news reports on the worsened security situation upon threats exchanged between North Korea and the United States last year. Fluent in English, Ms Jang said she had imagined herself living in Canada or New Zealand, as both countries are known to have good environments for education and high living standards, if she had to choose to leave the country in case of an imminent war. Like Ms Jang, more young Koreans said they had considered seeking refuge abroad or emigration, amid...
  • Tamar Braxton Responds to Delta Airlines’ Statement Rebuking Her ‘Unusual Behavior’

    08/13/2018 8:42:33 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    Sandrarose ^ | August 1, 2018
    Tamar Braxton Responds to Delta Airlines’ Statement Rebuking Her ‘Unusual Behavior’ Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Tamar Braxton has responded to a Delta Airlines statement blaming her “unusual behavior” and her refusal to follow a flight attendant’s instructions during a recent flight. Tamar’s sister Towanda accused a Delta pilot of ridiculing Tamar after the pilot left the safety of the reinforced cockpit to deal with the part-time singer’s unruly behavior. “@tamarbraxton got ridiculed by a pilot for flying while black on Delta,” Towanda wrote in an Instagram post dated July 28. “Wow! I guess being a diamond and double million miler...
  • Trump poses with supporter with sexist patch at motorcyclist event (You'll probably faint!)

    08/13/2018 7:54:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2018 | Anne Gearan
    BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. -- The dress code for President Trump’s by-invitation meet-and-greet with motorcycle enthusiasts here on Saturday was biker chic -- leather, bandannas and for at least one of the supporters who posed with Trump at the raucous event, sexist and other offensive patches. A bearded man who is part of a New Jersey “Bikers for Trump” group stood with the president as he shook hands inside his posh golf club near here, and again when the group posed for photos outside, engines revving. “I (heart) Guns & Titties,” reads one patch on the unidentified man’s vest. The patch...
  • Hyundai creates separate sound zones in cars

    08/12/2018 1:33:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | April 13, 2018 | Jin Eun-Soo
    Hyundai Motor has developed a sound system for vehicles in which passengers and the driver can hear different songs or make totally private phone calls. It is the first such system in the world, the carmaker announced Sunday, and will be offered in Hyundai Motor cars within a year or two. Korea’s largest carmaker calls the system a “separated sound zone” and unveiled it on its official website and on YouTube last Sunday. In the YouTube video, classical music plays in the front of the car where two parents are sitting, while pop music plays in the back for children....
  • U.S. envoy makes visit to Jeonju royal residence (South Korea)

    08/12/2018 1:03:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | August 13, 2018 | Kim Jun-Hee
    U.S. Ambassador to Seoul Harry Harris visited Seunggwangjae in Jeonju, where a descendent of the imperial family of Korea lives. “He is my father,” Lee Seok, the 10th son of King Uichin (1877-1955), who was fifth son of King Gojong (1852-1919), told Harris as they stood in front of a photo of Uichin at Seunggwangjae in the North Jeolla city of Jeonju on Tuesday afternoon. Lee, 77, has been living in Seunggwangjae, a house in the hanok village of Jeonju, since 2004. It serves as both his residence and a museum where Lee gives lectures about the history of the...
  • Konnecting through Kimchi, South Korea's national dish

    08/07/2018 10:05:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    OnMilwaukee ^ | February 9, 2018 | Lori Fredrich
    It's salty. It's sour. And it's often spicy. But kimchi is also an indispensable element of both Korean cuisine and culture. "The word kimchi simply means 'salted vegetable,'" says Saehee Chang, owner of Korea Konnect and Kosari Kimchi, a local product line based on Chang's mother's kimchi recipe. "And for Koreans, it's part of who we are. It's a constant seen at almost every meal. And it's a very strange thing to run into someone who is Korean who doesn't like kimchi." For many, including Chang, kimchi is also about making connections. "To me, kimchi represents community and coming together,"...
  • Bikers salute leader of their pack: Donald Trump

    08/06/2018 8:51:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    KRTV-TV ^ | August 6, 2018 | CNN
    STURGIS, S.D. - On Hogs and Indians, they rumble in from all points on the compass and explode the population of Sturgis, South Dakota, from less than 7,000 to nearly half a million. For one week each summer, they create a noisy pop-up city unlike any other and as the nation closes in on midterm elections, they lay bare America's political divides. While the modern-day biker tribe is vast and varied, containing more middle-aged couples than brawling outlaws, one can go hours -- or days -- without seeing a person of color in the crowds here at one of the...
  • Mercury Marine unveils new line of diesel engines that improve performance in the mid-range

    08/05/2018 7:08:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Powerboat World ^ | August 2, 2018 | Lee Gordon
    Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology, today introduced at the Sydney Boat Show, a new line of 3.0-liter diesel engines for sterndrive, inboard and water-jet applications, available in 150hp, 230hp and 270hp. Engineered, developed and tested over the past three years, these new engines will lead their class in several key attributes: acceleration; reliability; ease of installation and maintenance; and mitigation of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). (In Europe, the 150hp engine node and ratings were specifically designed for Venice taxis and will be available at a later date.) "We are excited to offer our customers...
  • American Woman Dragged From Korean Air Flight For Refusing to Sit in Her Economy Seat

    08/02/2018 12:24:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Next Shark - The Voice of Global Asians ^ | August 1, 2018 | Khier Casino
    An American woman was forcibly removed from a Korean Air flight as she yelled “NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT” after it was delayed for an hour and 40 minutes. Video posted by Korea JoongAng Daily shows the 30-year-old woman, who originally paid for an economy seat, sitting down in the business class section on a flight bound for San Francisco that took off from Incheon International Airport on July 27. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The woman did not want to get out of the seat and caused a commotion when flight attendants and airport police surrounded her and told her that she needed to sit in...
  • Reynolds Wrap Is Hiring A Grill Officer For $10K, So Get Ready To Eat All The BBQ

    08/02/2018 12:31:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Elite Daily ^ | August 1, 2018 | Lara Walsh
    It's officially a great time to be alive if you want to get paid thousands of dollars for eating all the BBQ. Listen up if you're known among your circle of friends for your searing and smoking prowess, because Reynolds Wrap is hiring a Grill Officer for $10,000, and it honestly sounds like a dream gig. The company is calling all grill masters to put their grilling mojo to the test, and the two-week-long summer job comes with some pretty sweet perks. Per a press release from Reynolds Wrap, the ideal candidate for the Chief Grilling Officer position is a...
  • The other time Singapore gave North Korea a taste of America

    08/01/2018 12:25:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | June 3, 2018 | Aaron Low
    When Singaporean businessman Patrick Soh first arrived in North Korea in 2008, his minders whispered to him that everyone was forbidden even to utter the word “burger”. After all, the hermit kingdom had the gogigyeopbbang, “invented” by the country’s second leader Kim Jong-il in 2000 and described as “double bread with meat”.   “Under the previous leader, Kim Jong-il, the burgers could not be called burgers. But now, everyone knows what they are,” Soh says. Indeed, under the country’s current portly leader, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il’s son, the ubiquitous American food has experienced a surge in popularity, so much so...
  • South Korea Enters LSA Market (Light Sport Aircraft)

    07/29/2018 8:09:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    AV Web ^ | July 28, 2018 | Russ Niles
    It’s not available in the U.S. but a South Korean company is so proud of the country’s first indigenous light sport aircraft, it brought it to AirVenture just to show it off. The Vessel Aircraft KLA-100 was certified by South Korea in 2017 and also has EASA certification. FAA acceptance under the LSA category is expected next. The aircraft began development in 2013 and went into production earlier this year. The company is government owned. The aircraft has a large 51-inch-wide cockpit with a Garmin 3X Touch panel on two 10.6-inch touchscreens. It has a two-axis autopilot and analog backup...
  • “A second Trump presidential term is a real possibility”: Balls visits the Deep South

    07/29/2018 12:55:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Radio Times ^ | July 29, 2018 | Ed Balls
    Waking up 18 months ago to discover Donald Trump had been elected US president filled me with despair. What on earth had happened to politics? How could a reality TV star with no experience of government – and multiple character flaws to boot – have been chosen by American voters to be their leader? My 13-year-old daughter was also deeply troubled. “How could America vote for a man who said these things about women?” I didn’t know what to say. She went off to school. And I went off to a dance studio to practise a Gangnam Style salsa for...
  • Dems Propose “Catch-and-Release” Law [semi-satire]

    07/25/2018 7:28:15 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 July 2018 | John Semmens
    Senate Democrats Kamala Harris (Calif), Jeff Merkley (Oregon), and Catherine Cortez Mastohave (Nevada) have introduced a bill that would mandate a nation-wide “catch-and-release” policy for illegal immigrants. Under the bill’s provisions ICE would be required to release all members of families who enter the country illegally on their “own recognizance.” That is, they would be allowed to go free and asked to return for their later court hearing on whether they would be permitted to stay. This policy was the core approach used by the Obama Administration. However, only a tiny percentage of the “catch-and-release” immigrants have ever appeared for...
  • Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

    07/24/2018 7:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The White House ^ | July 24, 2018
    Today, First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Tennessee to visit the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as part of her Be Best campaign. After arriving in Tennessee, Mrs. Trump was met by United States Representative Marsha Blackburn and United States Air Force Colonel Keith Allbritten. When Mrs. Trump arrived at the Children’s Hospital, she was greeted by Chief Executive Officer and President of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Jeff Balser, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Dr. Wright Pinson, and the Chief of Staff for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Dr. Margaret Rush. The First Lady participated in a roundtable discussion on...
  • There Are Melania-Themed Products Sold In Slovenia To Celebrate The First Lady

    07/22/2018 11:12:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Bustle ^ | July 22, 2018 | Caitlin Cruz
    There's wine, honey, chocolate, and cake. No, this isn't a theme park gift shop, a local market, or a store at the airport hawking last-minute gifts to bring home. They're First Lady Melania Trump-themed products sold in Slovenia and her local hometown. Reuters reported back in January that Melania was helping boost tourism in Slovenia as the country announced its fourth consecutive year of record tourism in the country. Seventeen percent more foreign tourists visited Slovenia in 2017, according to the country's statistics office. The country reported that the number of American tourists increased by 24 percent in November. Since...
  • Hillary Clinton Says She'll Help Provide Transportation Options for Separated Families

    07/22/2018 1:57:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Glamour ^ | July 22, 2018 | Julyssa Lopez
    During OZY Fest, a two-day event in Central Park this weekend, Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with nonprofit leader Laurene Powell Jobs and shared that she plans to help reunite immigrant families by providing transportation options. “I’m going to be tweeting about this in the days to come, but if any of you work for an airline please direct-message me because these families will need vouchers and discounted tickets to be reunited over these thousands of miles,” she said on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. As a result of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy at the border,...
  • Masked Fascists Attack Jewish Coffee Shop [semi-satire]

    07/22/2018 9:20:42 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 July 2018 | John Semmens
    A mob of masked criminals attacked the Asher Caffe & Lounge on 945 S. Boyle Ave. in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles—throwing feces and screaming at patrons and employees of the Jewish-owned business. The grievances of the attackers included a charge that the owner is a Trump supporter and that he is gentrifying the neighborhood against the wishes of its inhabitants. The group of attackers calls itself “Defend Boyle Heights.” A masked spokesman who refused to give his name defended “our right to decide who can live and do business in our neighborhood. We don’t want Trump supporters...
  • Singaporean faces 161 charges over illegal North Korea luxury goods

    07/21/2018 7:21:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Standard ^ | July 20, 2018
    The Singaporean director of a company accused of illegally supplying luxury items worth millions of dollars, including wines, perfumes and cosmetics, to North Korea was charged in court yesterday, Channel News Asia reports. Ng Kheng Wah faces 161 charges, including cheating charges and charges of breach of regulations under the United Nations Act. The offenses were allegedly committed between 2010 and 2017. Ng, director of OCN Singapore and said to be director of sister company T Specialist, had denied last year that he ran high-end retail stores in North Korea. He also denied stocking them with banned luxury goods. The...
  • Military vehicles, bunker supplies and propaganda have been facts of life for this DMZ village

    07/20/2018 10:08:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Ground Truth Project ^ | May 2, 2018 | Aziza Kasumov
    TONGIL CHON, South Korea — It’s Sunday, so Rev. Gang Suk Jin gets up at 4 a.m. to prepare for the morning service. Shortly before dawn, he steps outside, walks to a metal tower that resembles a radio tower, pulls on the white string dangling all the way to the bottom, and looks up. The bell rings. Its sound travels over the surrounding muddy land, across the bean fields and empty roads, through barbed wire fences and around military vehicles. This is Tongil Chon, a village a mile away from the most heavily guarded border in the world, the Korean...